Laura Robson secured her place in the second week of Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon with a tense victory over New Zealander Marina Erakovic on court two.
The Brit lost the first set 6-1 in just 22 minutes and was 3-5 down in the second with her opponent serving for the match. However, the 19-year-old saved the set and went on to win eight games in a row to give her an unassailable lead in the third.
The victory marks the first time a British woman has got through to the second week of the grand slam since 1998.
Robson lost the first set, but won the second and third
Robson showed little of the swagger of her previous performances during the first set, most notably her dispatching of the seeded Maria Kirilenko in the first round. However, she completed a dramatic turnaround to win the third set 6-3, delighting a packed, partisan crowd on court, as well as those watching on "Murray Mount".
Among those watching on the screen was Sandra McBride, 49, from Edinburgh. She told the Press Association: "It's absolutely fab to see Laura win. We've got centre court tickets but we're more than happy to see a great match from here as well. The atmosphere is great, there's so many people. Laura is great, she just seems like such a nice girl."
"I was getting my butt kicked," Robson said after the match. "She [Erakovic] was playing really well. I just worked as hard as possible then waited until she got nervous, which was what happened. It was totally amazing out there. I couldn’t have done it without them [the crowd]."
Robson progresses to the fourth round in a grand slam for only the second time in her career. She will play either Alison Riske or Kaia Kanepi.
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